driving in wind storm

Driving in extremely windy weather can be scary, especially when combined with other elements like rain. The next time you feel the wind pushing your car around, follow the guidelines below in order to avoid an accident. Also, for tips on best practices when towing in windy weather, skip ahead toward the bottom of the article.

Driving in High Winds

  1. Stay extra focused and be ready to react if you encounter a strong crosswind. Head and tail winds are not as scary, but make sure you stay alert no matter the direction of the wind.

  2. Do not jerk your wheel (i.e., overcorrect) if your car is thrust off course by a strong side wind. Make smooth, gentle turns and movements.

  3. Keep your hands firmly planted on the wheel. Under windy conditions, it’s not safe to drive with one hand or keep a loose grip.

  4. Do not ride alongside big rigs, RVs, buses and other large vehicles that have a greater chance to flip over in severely windy weather.

  5. Also keep extra distance from vehicles that are towing boats or campers.

  6. Keep an eye out for objects like tree limbs that may blow your way.

  7. Slow down in order to keep greater control of your vehicle; remember that speeding will give you less time to correct if you’re pushed off course.

  8. Park in a safe spot away from trees and other objects that could potentially be blown down on your car.

Tips for Towing in Windy Weather

  • Use your trailer brake controller when you’re hit by strong gusts.
  • Make sure you know your truck or SUV’s tongue weight and don’t go above or below the appropriate range.
  • Ensure that your sway bar is tight.
  • Check for proper inflation on all tires, including tires on the trailer.
  • Ensure the tires on your trailer are properly aligned.
  • Don’t tow more than your vehicle is rated for.

Tongue weight is particularly important. Too little tongue weight and you’re likely to experience increased swaying even when it’s not windy. On the flip side, if you have too much tongue weight, you may experience handling problems, as well as added stress on your vehicle.

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